It begins... calling all layout experts.
Hello fine forum members... I think it is time to start thinking about my own kitchen. This remodel is most likely still a year or so off, but planning early (by some measures I'm planning early!) is very important for success!
I've read through the Sweeby test -- and unfortunately at the time of my writing this it has a 404 error -- file not found! This would be great if it could be fixed, as that post is an amazing reference!
Below you can see two "drawings" (almost to scale) of the whole house (quite modest in comparison with of the beautiful homes here) and of the current kitchen. I'm looking ultimately for a working, functioning kitchen. I cook a lot -- 4-5 nights per week, everything from scratch (from stocks to crust to breaking down "primal" cuts into various cuts, etc.).
My main problems with the kitchen:
1) The stove backs up to the sink -- I like to cook while my DW cleans -- not ideal when there is only 36" between the range and the sink; to boot, the main prep space is directly above the dishwasher.
2) The refrigerator bottleneck! This is both visual and functional, when the fridge door is open you cannot access the end of the kitchen (what is now occupied with the washer and dryer, soon to be leaving), and it makes the kitchen only seem as deep as the small remnant wall and the fridge (follow me?).
3) Very little counter space - although it is more than some, how the space is laid out, the only really useable counter space is above the dishwasher, the corner is too awkward to cut/prep at, and the space to the left of the stove is good for small jobs, (rolling out dough, mis en place, etc.) but when it is full the stove doesn’t have any good landing surface.
4) Disconnected from the rest of the house! I know the way the home is situated it’s not exactly an open floor plan. And I’m Ok with that but when I have dinner guests over (which is frequent, mostly 4-6 people, nothing huge) I feel like I’m in a cave and sectioned off. I think the best way to solve this is removing the wall that separates the spaces.
There should be a rough “proposed” layout below as well… I’m not super thrilled with this plan, as it puts the dishwasher 20ft from the main mess making areas the stove, the dining room, and the prep areas.
I have thought through a few options in the close-up plans, the dashed lines are doors the “inset” lines are windows… the kitchen would feel a lot better with the door moved, but that’ll be a decent amount more work than I was really hoping to do. Additionally, the doorway the leads to the new laundry room is a pocket door, so 62” from the south wall of the house is door+pocket = no plumbing, electrical, etc. I would also love to keep all plumbing where it is to reduce cost and time, and it’s all right there!!
Ok! Enough wall of text I hope I’ve provided enough info for everyone here. I can take photos, etc. if that will help hopefully my images are showing up!
This post was edited by mateo21 on Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 12:53